In the modern world, convenience and automation have become a necessity. Especially when it comes to houses, smart home has become a trending topic. One such gadget that brings innovation to window coverings is Smart Curtain Robots.
There are two big players when it comes to curtain robots. One is SwitchBot which recently launched its new product Curtain 3 and Aqara with its E1 smart curtain controller. Let us quickly dive into the comparison between the two.
Let us have a look at side by side comparison between SwitchBot 3 and Aqara E1 Curtain Robots
|Compatible Curtain Track
|Rod, U Rail, I Rail
|Rod, U Rail, I Rail
|Grommets, Ring Top, Table Top, Back Tab
|Grommets, Ring Top
Quiet Mode <=25dB
Performance Mode <=42dB
|Performance Mode <=48dB
|Curtain Weight Support
U Rail: 16kg
I Rail: 15kg
U Rail: 12kg
I Rail: 8kg
|Android app, iOS app, Matter over bridge, Bluetooth, Google, Amazon, Apple, Home Assistant
|Android app, iOS app, Matter over bridge, Zigbee, Google, Amazon, Apple, Home Assistant
|SwitchBot Hub 2
Instead of going through each of the specs, delving directly into differences makes more sense.
SwitchBot Curtain 3 supports more variety of curtains compared to Aqara A1. Also, unlike Aqara, SwichBots support extendable rods and curvy rails along with tabletop and back tab curtains. Furthermore, SwithBot, although compact compared to Aqara, has more thrust and supports a larger weight. Please check all the compatibility details of SwithBot and Aqara carefully before purchasing.
With the new robot, SwitchBot has introduced a new mode called QuietDraft which is their trademark. When activated, the curtain robot moves slowly, thus reducing the noise. However, Switchbot warns that the battery tends to drain quicker with this mode.
Along with SwithBot Curtain 3, there’s been a new Solar Panel 3 with USB C charging capability and a stiff arm. These arms help you to orient and tilt the Solar Panel so that you get sufficient sunlight to charge your SwitchBot. It also comes with a light sensor which helps you measure the sunlight and optimise the charging in the best possible way. Aqara E1 misses both of these features.
Aqara E1 has better battery life and Zigbee connectivity but chops off the traditional Bluetooth connectivity. Even though NFC is not available directly via the Aqara App, it can use NFC tags via other systems.
As you see, both SwitchBot Curtain 3 and Aqara E1 offer most of the smart connectivity and features. Some of the feature requires a smart hub. Each one has its own ecosystem built with SwitchBot going the extra mile with open API. Well, how you use these open APIs depends on your creativity and knowledge but it does open up an opportunity for third-party products to offer extra elements.
SwitchBot vs. Aqara: Which one to choose?
The cost difference is almost negligible with SwitchBot being a tad cheaper than Aqara. Let us check what would you lose if you purchased SwitchBot Curtain 3?! A longer battery life and a Zigbee connectivity. But you would get a bigger curtain/railing support, a quieter experience, solar charging (with extra cost of course) and unlimited opportunity with APIs. So I think opting for the SwitchBot Curtain 3 over the Aqara E1 is an absolute no-brainer.
|SwitchBot Curtain 3